May 262022
 
 May 26, 2022
UAW 4121

EPIC is Hiring – ASE & Postdoc Positions Available!

Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) is hiring for two Postdoc Training Specialist Positions and one Academic Student Employee Position! The ASE position is a 50% FTE position, approximately 20 hours per week, for all four quarters of the year (including summer). Apply on UW Hires (UW Requisition #206410) before the posting closes on May 31st!

Postdoc Training Specialists focus on working with the UW Postdoctoral Scholar community and will build on the EPIC program that was originally developed in 2018-2019. The Training Specialist role is between a 20-40% FTE position. You can apply on UW Hires (UW Requisition #204931).

The EPIC program is an innovative peer-to-peer harassment prevention training program jointly run between our union and the university, and is a major win from recent ASE and Postdoc contract campaigns. If you have questions, reach out to the current training specialists at epicprogram@uw.edu.

Participate in the 2022 Equity Survey

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There are just a few more days to participate in this year’s Equity Survey! Thanks to our collective action, this annual survey is used to advance work to address members’ experiences around discrimination, department culture, mentorship, & more across campus. The survey closes at 11:59pm on May 31st, so add your voice today and, once you’ve participated, be sure to fill out your info here to be removed from reminders. The results from prior years’ surveys are available on our website.

Northwest Detention Center Solidarity Day Recap

Three UAW4121 members standing under a white tent outside, reading the solidarity statement out loud at the La Resistencia rally.

UAW 4121 members joined La Resistencia on Saturday, May 21 for a Solidarity Day at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. The Northwest Detention Center has been a site of many egregious human rights violations and all immigrant detainees should be set free. If you missed the Solidarity Day, here are some actions you can take today:

  • Go to http://laresistencianw.org/donate/ to donate. Donations are used for detainee commissary funds which are essential for people surviving inside!
  • Sign the petition to free Cristian: Cristian is a La Resistencia organizer who was detained by ICE on February 1, 2021. The petition to release Cristian can be found here.

Upcoming Reproductive Justice Action

Within the next month, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down its official ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade and undermining the fundamental right to reproductive freedom. Earlier this month, UAW 4121 members voted to adopt this resolution condemning the court’s draft ruling and affirming our members’ commitment to reproductive justice as trans-inclusive, anti-racist, intersectional work.

Day of decision actions are already being planned in Seattle and across the country. UAW 4121 members will be meeting with other community members and organizations at the Federal Building (915 2nd Avenue, Seattle) at 5pm on the day the decision is announced if it comes before noon, or on the following day if the decision is announced after noon. For more information and up-to-date information on mobilization actions, visit Reproductive Justice Now.

Since a draft of the decision was leaked earlier this month, UAW 4121 members have been joining thousands of others in our communities to build coalition, solidarity, and collective power toward reproductive justice. This will take ongoing work beyond today, so please check out our Reproductive Justice webpage and email solidarity@uaw4121.org or join the #reproductive-rights Slack channel to stay in the loop and get involved, for example regarding our next meeting tomorrow 05/27 at 1:30PM.

Abolition May Rally & Reimagining Safety at UW

Last Friday, members participated in the Abolition May Rally organized by the Black Student Union with support from the Coalition to Decriminalize UW. As detailed in this one-pager distributed at the rally, the University continues to make investments in policing, including a proposed plan to centralize SafeCampus, Emergency Management and UWPD under the name of “Reimagining Safety” despite campus experts’ recommendations to invest more deeply in community rather than in policing. Continuing the conversations from the Abolition May rally, Decriminalize UW and Mechanical Engineering Students Against Racism (MESAR) will host a virtual Teach-In on June 2nd, from 12:30 – 1:30pm around UW’s investment in policing – details and RSVP below. To get further involved, email anti-discrimination@uaw4121.org to get connected to the Coalition to Decriminalize UW as well as other anti-discrimination related organizing efforts, and check out the following action items:
  1. Make your voice heard to President Cauce and the Board of Regents! regents@uw.edu and uwcommunitysafety@uw.edu – share your visions for what true U District safety looks like, and urge them to invest in community-based solutions and not more policing.
  2. Join Decriminalize UW and Mechanical Engineering Students Against Racism (MESAR) on June 2nd 12:30-1:30PM for an open Virtual Teach-In to learn about UW’s investment in policing, and brainstorm what we can do about it! Check out the linktree to RSVP.
  3. Check out the DecrimUW linktree and other community partners: https://linktr.ee/DecriminalizeUW

Covid Resource Round-Up

In Solidarity,

Justin Applegate
Ana Bennett
Erica Bigelow
Nick Bolten
Jonathan Fisher
Max Friedfeld
Colleen Hoffman
Levin Kim
Nicel Mohamed-Hinds
Erin Morgan
Emily Myers
Amal Nanavati
Anzela Niraula
Marissa Parker
Mark Rafferty
Tahiyat Rahman
Anastasia Schaadhart
Audrey Seo
Jer Steeger
Sam Sumpter
Samantha Thompson
Natalie Wellen
Tricia Wu
Yuying Xie